We use maths everyday, in almost everything we
do. Without maths we would find it very difficult to:
- Total the change in our
- Know what time we need to
leave home in order to reach school on time.
- Buy groceries from the
store or supermarket.
- Cut the Pizza into enough
equal pieces to feed the family.
- Share sweets with our
- Balance a cheque book when
we are older.
Maths allows us to solve
problems that involve space (eg parking a car), measurement (eg
calculating how much carpet to order for that renovation) and number
(calculating the change so we don't get ripped off).
In the past, learning Maths
was based very much on a textbook approach where the teacher
explained how the solve a problem and then set exercises to be
completed. The "problems" were rows of sums with no context or
relevance. The student mastered the technique by doing it over and
over again until they got the right answer.